For those of you who have heard, heart today is the day of the nationwide protest in Jena, Louisiana for the freedom of Mychal Bell and the rest of the Jena 6.

If you’re not totally up on this situation, listening to this hip-hop podcast should remedy that. This show contains, in part, an interview with Brother James Rucker of ColorofChange.org. But that’s not the only voice you’ll hear. A few days ago I posted a call for messages from the community on this situation, and got literally dozens of calls, which I’ve also added into the mix. You’ll hear people from California, Chicago, NYC, South Africa, Canada, London, and beyond. Rappers, filmmakers, label presidents, students, and everything in between.

Hopefully you dig this one. Thanks again to Color of Change, thanks to every single person that called, and every single person that is continuing to get the word about and fight for positive change. As you listen to this, a few thousand of our brothers and sisters are marching the streets of Jena, LA. The least we can do is make spread the word.

Note: To all college/community radio people: This episode is completely FCC clean and ready for airing. If you do

Listen to
and air this one, I’d appreciate a quick email so I can publicize that on the site. Thanks.

Hip-hop Artists/Personalities that appear in the show:
NYOIL (hear snippets of his “Jena 6″ in the intro and outro)
DJ Mr. King – myspace.com/djmrking
Vell Rob – cdbaby.com/vrob
John Robinson (President of Shaman Work Recordings) – shamanwork.com
Nick Cicero of Cicero Pro Audio – myspace.com/ciceroproaudio
Jahmil XT Qubeka (Filmmaker)
Michael Miraflor of Hip-Hop and Advertising – hiphop-ads.com.
Mad Anthony – Designer madanthonynyc.
Agent M of Blunt Beats Radio bluntbeats.com.

Suburb – Untitled (first heard at 0’20)
Mobb Deep – Temperature’s Rising Remix (first heard at 1’55)
Madlib – Mind Touch (first heard at 5’20)
RJD2 – Weatherpeople (first heard at 9’40)
Dilla/Pharcyde – Runnin’ (first heard at 23’55)

Participate in the Campaign.
The Jena 6 campaign at Color of Change – www.colorofchange.org/jena.

Also: Note that Mychal Bell is still in jail. You can send him postcards and letters of encouragement at:

Mychal Bell
Inmate, A-Dorm
LaSalle Correctional Center
15976 Highway 165
Olla, LA 71465-4801

A few moments of your time can really brighten this kid’s day.

Post this on myspace, facebook, email this, whatever it takes.

Free the Jena 6.

14 thoughts on “MIXTAPE 88 – THE JENA 6

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  2. I just want to say that being a native of louisiana, in St. Landry Parish, it’s time for a change. We as young african americans need to stand up for ourselves, and fight for our freedom, peace, and rights. If we don’t who will, cause we are the furture.

  3. Mychal Bell is still in jail because he can’t raise the bail money, which I believe is $90,000! We should be trying to raise the money to get him out on bail! Hasn’t he been in jail long enough?

    Kathryn Peoples

  4. im starting to see alot people saying why shouldnt he be in jail…i guess they didnt get the full story or they dont understand why we care.

  5. Talat1 – Yeah. Unfortunately the news isn’t giving the full story, so there are a lot of people who don’t understand. I’ve gotten a few emails asking why anyone would care about these kids – I’m wondering if they actually listened to the show or did any research on their own.

  6. It’s pretty basic why he shouldn’t be punished. The white kids didn’t get punished did they? They started the entire situation. The kid that went to the Er for his “beating” went to a party the same night. He must’ve been in some serious pain to be having that much fun. I think people also overlook the fact that the original sentencing was for attempted murder. Some white man wanted that kid away for a long time and without reason. Maybe before you question it, you could read the entire story. CNN isn’t giving it to you. Educate YOURSELF.

  7. This was the first time i saw commentary from a white man in the crowd. It’s amazing the things the choose not to show us in the states.

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